Our nation’s skills gap is widening. Employers are struggling to find workers with skills they need, and Americans without marketable skills are struggling to find jobs. The strength of our economy depends on Americans earning marketable degrees and credentials, but too many face barriers to accessing programs that offer these credentials, and students face obstacles in the path to and through college.
Build a Strong America
Federal policy can put more people on pathways to meaningful employment and self-sufficiency by rewarding programs and colleges for supporting individuals throughout their education.
Linking higher education to the real world will help build critical workforce skills not taught in the classroom—skills like grit and problem solving. When individuals have hands-on experience in their fields of interest, they are more likely to complete a degree or credential and find employment after graduation.
Close the Gap
We can close our nation’s skills gap through innovative programs that open the doors of the classroom to the real world and give individuals the opportunity to develop the skills that employers demand.
For instance, GenesysWorks provides low-income high school students with training in IT, accounting, or engineering, and matches them with internships at Fortune 500 companies. Check out what young professionals have to say about the opportunities they’ve had after joining GenesysWorks.
Challenge our next President to ensure all Americans can access the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy by recognizing microcredentials for federal government hiring and linking college to real world experiences.